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Evelyn Boyd Granville

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Kyla Walker

on 18 February 2013

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My Life as a Mathematician Evelyn Boyd Granville was born in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 1924, the second child and second daughter born to William and Julia Boyd. College Granville then began graduate studies at Yale University, where she was awarded several scholarships and fellowships, including the Julius Rosenwald Fellowship and the Atomic Energy Commission Predoctoral Fellowship. Carrier Granville went to work as an applied mathematician for the Diamond Ordnance Fuse Laboratories. Evelyn Boyd Granville Evelyn Boyd Granville was the second African-American woman in the U.S. to receive a PhD in mathematics. Granville then began to look for a full-time teaching position. She applied for a position in New York City, but was apparently rejected because of her gender and race. Instead, she accepted an associate professor position at Fisk University, a noted black college in Nashville, Tennessee.. From 1956 to 1960, she worked for IBM on the Project Vanguard and Project Mercury space programs, analyzing orbits and developing computer procedures. She later reflected that it was “the most interesting job of her lifetime.” In 1960, Granville married the Reverend Gamaliel Mansfield Collins and moved to Los Angeles. In 1967, Granville’s marriage ended in divorce. After retiring from California State in 1984 she joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Tyler as professor and chair of mathematics. There she developed elementary school math enrichment programs. One of three African American women honored by the National Academy of Science in 1999, she has been awarded honorary degrees by Smith College and Lincoln University. May 1, 1924 (age 88) Granville was awarded a Ph. D. in mathematics in 1949, making her one of the first African-American women to earn this degree. Granville then undertook a year of postdoctoral research at New York University's Institute of Mathematics and Science. Apparently because of housing discrimination, she was unable to find an apartment in New York, so she moved in with a friend of her mother. Life
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